Thursday, May 16, 2013

Caney Creek Wilderness Weekend - May 17th-19th

Campers meet at the church parking lot at 4:00PM Friday packed and ready to leave.  Google Map shows a 3.5 hour travel time, so please be on time to allow for a quick departure.  Remember to pack light, (do not bring cots or trunks, everything must fit in your backpack while still allowing room for food and tent share) have plenty of water storage - we can refill at base-camp.  Be equipped with hiking footwear, bring cool dress, its going to be a little warm - mid to upper 80's with lows around 68.  There is a chance of showers so don't forget the rain gear. You will need a sack meal for the Friday evening.  Wear your Class A's for travel Friday.  

Parents we will be camping Friday night at Shady Lake Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest near Mena and hitting the Buckeye Loop trail Saturday morning.  We will camp on the trail Saturday night around Katy Falls, and hike out Sunday morning arriving back in Monticello sometime Sunday afternoon.  Be aware that due to the terrain in the wilderness area there will likely be no cell service, don't expect updates from the field unless we get lucky while on the ridge.  We will send out a mass text to those subscribed to the text service when we leave on our return trip home and again at about 30 minutes out from Monticello.

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